The School of Human Kinetics (SHK), Faculty of Health Sciences, offers a Master of Arts degree (MA), a Master of Science degree (MSc), and a Master of Human Kinetics (MHK). The MSc program and the MA program both require a thesis. The Master of Human Kinetics is a course based program, offering two concentrations, one in sport management and the other in intervention and consultation. An integrated approach to the study of sport, physical activity and health allows students and professors to share research interests and professional expertise, and to contribute to the broad field of human kinetics.
The programs are offered on a full-time or on a part-time basis in French and in English. In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, students have a right to produce their work, their thesis, and to answer examination questions in French or in English.
The MA and MSc programs pursue three major objectives:
- To contribute to the accumulation of facts and scientific data related to sport, physical activity and health, as well as to foster the development of critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities.
- To facilitate the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative knowledge in the field of biophysical sciences of sport, physical activity and health.
- To prepare human kinetics specialists so that they are better able to play a determinant role in Canadian society.
Theses may pertain to either of two general areas of specialization:
- MA: the focus is on sociocultural, psychosocial and administrative sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, administration, intervention) as they relate to sport, physical activity and health.
- MSc: the focus is on biophysical sciences (e.g., biomechanics, physiology, psychomotor) as they relate to sport, physical activity and health.
The MHK program is an applied studies program that prepares students either in Sport Management or in Intervention and consultation. The program is course-based with an emphasis on a supervised internship that seeks to enhance the personal, academic and career development of students. Academic goals include developing such cognitive skills as problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and synthesis and, most importantly, relating theory to practice.
The department offers a collaborative program in Women’s Studies at the MA level. For more information on this program, see “Admission”.
The program operates within the general framework of the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) of the University of Ottawa, which are posted on the FGPS website.